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HIGHLAND
RECORDER
VOL. XXVI.
MONTEREY, HIGHLAND COUNTY, VA., APRIL 20, 1904.
NO. 15.
STRUGGLEJflTH MANIAC
Perilous Fight io Darkness on a Hos?
pital Roof.
BAD TO BE CHOKED INTO SUBMISSION.
Capt. Clark, ol New York F re Department,
and Two Firemen Risk Their Lives to Save
a Man Who Became Suddenly Demented
Desperate Struggle Eighty Feet From the
Qrouod od a Ledge 12 Inches Wide.
Kew Y<1rk, (Special). ? Captain
Clark, of thc New York fire depart?
ment, and two firemen engaged in a
desperate struggle with a maniac be?
fore daylight on a 12-inch ledge which
forms the base of the mansard roof
of the Manhattan Eye and Ear Hos?
pital, in this city. The ledge is 80
ft et above the ground, and the man
they risked their lives to rescue from
his perilous position1 was powerful
and fought viciously; but he was
finally forced through a window into
the hospital, where several policemen
took np the struggle and subdue.1
him.
The maniac was Robert Hindman.
who had been admitted to the hos?
pital a week ago to prepare for an
operation for the removal ol a swel?
ling in the ear. He showed no sign
of mental disturbance until Saturday
night, when he suddenly became
maniacal. Sometime after midnight
he escaped from his room to the nar?
row ledge, carrying with him a heavy
pitcher with which he threatened the
nurses and policemen, who appeared
at the window to induce him to return.
As it was impossible to get behind the
desperate man from inside tba hos?
pital the fire department was at last
appealed to.
A 76-foot extension ladder was
cautiously raised and in the dark
Hindmann's attention was not at?
tracted by it. Captain Clark, refused
to assign any of his men to so danger?
ie d unusual task, and went up him?
self, followed by Firemen Jeremiah
Scanlon and Henry VV. Kimley.
Hindman had just thrown the
ritcher through the window where the
policemen were holding his attention,
when Clark crept up behind, seized
the man by the throat and choked
liim while his companions grasped
hi.-- legs. Though taken by surprise,
Hindman fought back desperately. He
was cut by broken glass when his
captors finally dargged him to the
window and thrust him through.
MINISTER SENT UP FOR BIGAMY.
Rev. J. B. Taylor Beging His four-Year
Term io Prison.
Des Moines, Ia., (Special).?Smiling
& simultation of indifference and vow?
ing thet he would become the lawful
husband of the prosecutrix, the Rev.
I. B. Taylor, handsome and debonair,
was sentenced by Judge Scott at
Sigourney to four years' imprisonment
for bigamy.
When sentence had been pronounc?
ed Tavlor laughingly remarked to the
sheriff: "Glad it's all over; let's go."
Taylor is only 26 years old, brilliant
and magnetic, and one of the most
promising evangelists ever in the em?
ploy of the Methodist Church iu Iowa,
victim was Florence Graves, the belle
of Martinsburg, one of the cities in
which he conducted a scries of meet?
ings. The greatest shock occasioned
by Taylor's downfall was to the
bishops of his church and to President
Hancher, of Iowa Wesleyan Uni?
versity, Mount Pleasant, whose prote?
ge Taylor was. It was impossible
for them to believe him guilty of such
perfidy.
One little woman was not greatly
surprised, however. She was Mrs.
Taylor No. I, who was eking out a
living for herself and child in Wil?
mington, Del., ignorant of thc where?
about of her husband.
Miss Graves is now rearing their
two children and says she will marry
Taylor as soon as he has completed
his sentence, provided a legal sepa?
ration from wife No. 1 may be had.
She was a reluctant witness at the
trial, and the prosecution of Taylor
was pushed by her father over her pro?
test.
Wants An Ind an Wife.
Muskogee, I. T., (Special).?Orlan?
do Hand, a farmar, who lives at
Jiridgehampton, L. I. says he is 60
"toars old, that he is a hustler and last
gems raised 10,000 bushels of Irish po?
tatoes, 3000 bushels turnips, 1000
bushels of corn and keeps twenty
:ows. He says ht has been post?
master and does not drink, swear or
-nw!-.. Vie wants the Indian officials
to send him names of two or three
?ikely Indian maidens and give his lat?
ter to one who will answer it. He
lays above all things he wants a wom?
an who will love him and make him
happy.
Spurns a Fortune.
Omaha, Neb., (Special). ?James
Doyle,, an aged man of this city
has a fortune awaiting him at Dixon,
UL, but he declares he does not
A'ish it and will not go there to claim
lt. "I don't want to bc bothered about
this fortune," he said impatiently
when informed that a relative had
died at Dixon and left him sole heir
to a large estate. "I don't want any
more money. I've always got along
without riches, and Pm too old to be?
gin to worry about them now. I
would not go across the street for
$100,000. I certainly am not going
several hunded miles for it."
Twenty-Three Killed, Forty Wounded.
Budepest, (By Cable).?A serious
riot is reported to have taken place
at the market town of Elesd, near
Gross-Wardein, resulting from a col?
lision between meetings of the Social?
ist *and Independent parties. While
order was being restored by the gen?
darmerie a Socialist fired a revolver,
killing the commander. The gen
drames thereupon fired a volley, killing
C3 of the rioters and severely wound?
ing 40. The military were summoned
from Gros?vWardein.
NEWS IN SHORT ORDER.
The Latest Happenings Condensed for Rapid
Reading.
Domestic.
A chip of wood cut from the door?
post of the Page residence bearing the
bloody finger-prints of the murderer
is believed to be the most important
bit of evidence against Charles L.
Tucker, held in Waltham. Mass., on
thc charge of murdering Miss Mabel
Page.
James J. Jeffries, the champion
heavyweight pugilist, was married at
Oakland, Cal., to Miss Freda Meyer,
ot New York city. The couple left
for Harbin Springs, where Jeffries will
train for his coming fight with Mon?
roe.
The interior of the four-story build?
ing of the Victor Talking Machine
Company, in Camden, N. J., was*
gutted by fire, thc loss being estimated
ai $500,000,
Ex-State Senator Henry S. Little,
a prominent New Jersey financier,
railroad man and Democratic leader,
died at his apartments, in Trenton,
N. J.
The factory of the Empire Furniture
Company, at Jamestown, N. Y., was
destroyed by fire. Loss, $too,ooo; in?
surance, $65,000.
Gen. Thomas T. Brady, one of the
defendants in the famous star-route
case, died at his home in Jersey City.
The Steamer Etruria brought to
New York a large number of Irish
exhibits and people for the St. Louis
hair.
Judge George Gray will preside over
thf. Lake Mohonk Conference, which
opens on June I.
Former Judge Stevenson Burke, of
Cleveland, died in Washington of a
paralytic stroke.
President Charles H. Moyer, of the
Western Federation of Miners, who
is under arrest, had a hearing before
the Colorado Supreme Court on writ
of habeas corpus. W. D. Haywood,
secretary of the federation, struck a
captain of the military guards, and
angry soldiers then beat the labor
official with the butts of their guns.
At a special stockholders' meeting
of thc Northern Securities Company
in Hoboken, N. J., the proposed dis?
tribution plan was ratified despite the
protest of the Harriman interests.
James Broderick, president, and W.
L. Collins, cashier, of the Indiana
National Bank, at Elkhart, were sen?
tenced to io and 6 years in prison
for violating the banking laws.
James Neilson Abeel, who posed as
J. Ogden Goelet and became engaged
to Miss Eleanor Anderson, in New
\ ork, was found guilty of forgery in
the third degree.
Charles O'Hare became demented
while returning from abroad, and cre?
ated something of a panic among the
steerage passengers on the steamer
Majestic.
Daniel J. Sully & Co.'s demurrer to
thc bankruptcy petition filed against
lum was overruled by the United
States District Court in New York.
Sidney Sladden was arrested in
Boston on his return from a bridal
tour abroad on the charge of being
a fugitive from justice in Kentucky.
John E. Pound, United States com?
missioner and former chief regent of
tiie Royal Arcanum of the United
States, died in Lockport, N. Y.
Secretary Taft delivered an address
before the New York Chamber of
Commerce on labor conditions in the
Philippines.
Harold Stephenson, 21 years old,
a son of Kate Claxton, the actress,
shot and killed himself in his lodg?
ings in New York.
lt has been decided to hold the
convention of the United Irish League
of America in New York on August
20 and 31.
Foreign.
President Loubet, of France, ac?
companied by a distinguished party
ol' officials, arrived in Rome and was
given a magnificent reception by the
I King and the Italian government
] officials.
Rioting between members of the
I Socialist and Independent parties at
: Fleed, near Gross-Wardein, Hungary,
I resulted in a Socialist killing the
I commander of the gendarmerie and
the gendarmes firing a volley, killing
23 and wounding 40 rioters.
Lieutenant Douglass and 70 United
States marines will sail from Korea
for Manila, the presence of a Japanese
guard at Seoul now being sufficient to
preserve order.
1 lie will of Verestchagin, the Rus?
sian painter, who perished in the
battleship Petropovlovsk disaster at
Port Arthur, leaves the entire estate
to the widow.
During a consideration of the ques?
tion of automatic railroad couplings
by the British House of Commons
the President of thc Board of Trade
declared that the railroad service in
England was less dangerous than in
the United States.
The Socialists in the Reichstag in?
terpellated the German Chancellor on
what remedy he proposed to adopt
the shutting down of the collieries in
Western Germany, causing loss of
employment.
The five tortoise-shell fishing
schooners captured while in Nicara?
guan waters and taken to Bluefields
had hoisted the British flag on an
island off Cape Gracious-a-Dias, Nic?
aragua.
The opinion is gaining ground in
Germany that large reinforcements
must be sent to Southwest Africa to
(juell the revolt of the Hereros.
Rumors were again circulated in
Paris that the United States was seek?
ing to buy the Islands of St. Pierre
and Miquelon.
A conference of steel magnates was
held in London looking to doing away
with dumping for their mutual inter?
ests.
A coaling station will be established
in the Aleutian Islands by the United
States government.
The Academy of Fine Arts proposes
to create a free scholarship in memory
of Verestchagin, the painter, who lost
his life at the time of the Petropav?
lovsk disaster.
A train on the Trans-Caucasian
Railroad was held up near Novo Sen
aki by four armed robbers, who es?
caped with loot valued at $50,000.
Ludmila Remianikoff, one of the
Russian "Terrorists" who was im?
prisoned for complicity in an assas?
sination olot. has been released.
CAMARN BANDITS HANGED
Niedcrmeyer, ^ho Tried Suicide, Was
Carried to the Scaffold.
SHORT BUT THRILLING CAREER.
Marx and Yandine, Who Had Professed Cath?
olicism, Went Calmly to their Doom, While
Neidermeyer, Who Had Boasted ol His Nerve
Was Carried Half Dead to the Scaffold
Incidents of the Execution.
Chicago, (Special).?Peter Nieder
meyer, Gustav Marx and Harvey
Vandine, thc notorious car-barn ban?
dits and confescd murderers of eight
men, were hanged here separately
Friday.
Niedcrmeyer, who) was hanged first,
had to be carried to the scaffold be?
cause of his desperate attempt at
suicide last Monday. Straps were
placed over his ankles and just
above his knees. He was then placed
on a truck and wheeled to one of
thc lower floors of the jail, after which
he was carried to the scaffold and
placed in a chair on the trap. He
wore a red rose, but no coat. He was
not asked the customary question if
he had anything to say, and the rope
was quickly placed about his neck.
He instinctively settled his neck into
the noose and the trap was sprung
at 10.35 A. M.. The physicians an?
nounced that his neck had been
broken.
During thc reading of the death
warrant Niedcrmeyer snatched thc
paper from the chief deputy's hand
and placed it in a pocket. He made
angry remarks at this time, and once
cr twice, when he was being taken to
the scaffold.
Shortly after li o'clock Marx was
led to the scaffold, neatly dressed
and with a white rose, which had been
given him by his small sister the night
before. He was pale, but his courage
never left him. He made no state?
ment. Two priests of the Roman
Catholic Church, of which Marx had
become a member, accompanied him
to the gallows. He repeated the lit?
any with them, kissed a cricifix, after
which the jailer adjusted the noose,
and sprang the trap at 11.17. He was
pronounced dead at 11.34, his neck
having been broken.
The hanging of Vandine occurred
at 11.55, and was without particular
incident. The priests accompanied
him and, he, too, wore a white rose.
At first it was the intention of
Sheriff Barrett to hang the trio sim?
ultaneously on one scaffold, as the
Anarchists were executed some years
ago. The plan, however, was aban?
doned, mainly on account of Nieder
meyer's attempt at suicide, which
made it advisable that he be hanged
alone.
Attorneys for Vandine were trying
to see the Governor, to obtain a stay
of execution for the bandit, Jailor
Whitman said, and1 that was why
consent was given to hang Vandine
last.
Marx and Vandine, who joined the
Catholic Church recently, spent their
last hours in reading, writing and
praying, several nuns and priests be?
ing constantly with them.
Niedermeyer continued to reject all
spiritual advice, and it seemed that
he would carry out his idea of dying
an atheist.
When the last death watch was
placed before his cell for the night
Niedcrmeyer shook hands with the
guard who was leaving, and said that
lie had been a "good guard," inas?
much as he had planned to trick him
a number of times, but had been un?
able to do so.
A large crowd assembled at thf
jail preceding the hour of execution
and sought admission, but were turned
away. Only a limited number, orovid
ed by law, were allowed in the jai
I to witness the execution of the ban?
dits.
The hanging of the youthful car
j barn bandits in Chicago followed
closely a period of crime of less thar
I six months. In that time eight mur?
ders were committed, all attendant
upon robberies or efforts to escap?
arrest. It was during an attempt to
escape on a stolen train, after an ex
tiaordinary battle in the swamps o)
Northern Indiana, just east of Chica?
go, that, on November 27, the cap?
ture of the gang was completed by
the arrest of Niedermeyer, Vandin*
and Emil Roeski, their associate, MarN
having already been placed behind
the bars.
The specific offense for which Van
dine, Niedermeyer and Marx were
tried and sentenced was the murdei
of Frank Stewart, a clerk ni the Chi
cago City Railway car barns during 3
robbery there on the morning of Au?
gust 30, 1003, James B. Johnson, a mo?
torman, was also killed, and two per?
sons were wounded. The bandits es?
caped after having secured $2,240
Roeski was not concerned in this
crime, but after the conviction of hi?
companions was tried separately foi
ene of the murders in which he was
the principal. He was convicted and
sentenced to life imprisonment. :
On January 6 the trial of Nieder?
meyer, Vandine and Marx began. But
little testimony favorable to them was
offered. No defense at all was made
fdr Niedermeyer. In the case of
Vandine evidence was introduced to
show that he had been since birth
afflicted with a form of epilepsy which
had made him irresponsible. A plea
for clemency for Marx was made on
the ground that his confession had
led to the capture of his companions.
None of the bandits had yet reached
the age of 25 years.
Death Rather Than Dishonor.
San Francisco, Cala. (Special).?
Robert Nicholson, chief boatswain's
mate of the United States gunboat
Petrel, after twenty-two years ot
honorable service in the United States
Navy has shot and killed himself here
rather than face a charge of having
brought liquor on board the ship.
Nicholson was born in the Shetland
Islands forty-four years ago, had a
good record since his enlistment in
1880, and served through the Span?
ish Ww with <-.n"Hit.
TUE OLD liOMlMON
Latest News Cleaned From Ali Over
the State.
John Mallory, of VV. R. Mallory &?
Stn, tobacco dealers, of Richmond,
narrowly escaped death in a peculiai
way. While alone in his office he
raised the heavy lid of a sample box
to get something. A rush of blood to
ilie head caused him to fall into thc
box. Thc lid came down and he lay
half conscious a prisoner for three
Hours, while his friends searched foi
trim everywhere.
Thc ni"st disastrous forest fires in
recent years have been raging in
Page county for several days and have
destroyed thousands of dollars" worth
tf timber, bark, etc. The flames have
burned over thousands of acres oi
land on the Minc Ridge and crosse.I
thc mountain in thc direction of Sper
ry ville, kappahannock c -unty. The
fire, which had been fanned by fu?
rious gales, has defied hundreds of
hrc-fighters. In many instances bottl?
es have been saved by men fighting
night and day.
Capt. M. J. Dimmock, the Rich?
mond sculptor, presented to R. E
Lee Camp, Confederate Veterans, a
statute of Gen. John R. Cooke. Gen?
eral Cooke was one of the most dis?
tinguished officers of the Confederacy
The residence of Capt. William Kil?
burn, U. S. N., retired, about four
miles west of Alexandria, was destroy?
ed by fire. Thc residence had re
ccntly been much improved. A de?
fective flue was the cause of the fire.
The trial of the negro Robert
Bowles, for killing Fireman John A
Ruff at Clifton Forge, resulted in I
verdict of murder in the first degree.
Judge Anderson sentenced Bowles
to hang on June 24th.
Willie White, the 9-year-old- color
ed boy who recently killed his baby
sister, in Madison, by giving hci
yround glass, has been sentenced tc
the Colored Reform School by thc
judge of the Circuit Court of Amherst
county.
The first practical issue of the "Jiir
Crow" street car law fight was thc
appearance in the Police Court al
contractor. Mr. Myers boarded ?
contractor. Mr. ^Fycrs boarded a
car on which was only one negro pas?
senger. He took a seat in the real
and refused to move forward wher
ordered to do so by the conductor
nn the ground that there was no ne
cessity for it. He was fined $5. bul
the fine was remitted, thc judge hold
ing that ignorance of the law caused
the offense. At the same time he laid
down thc proposition that in future
all must obey the orders of conduc?
tors. .
The jury which has been engaged ir.
the trial of Walter Burrill, charger1
with the murder of Harrison John
son, at Blainesviile, Page county, Of
February 2, returned a verdict im?
posing a fine of $17 on Burrill. Thc
commonwealth failed lo make ^cul
\ (ase of first-degree murder. adftii
was shown by a preponderanetr ol
testimony that Burrill and Johnson
? had been on intimate terms up to thf
shooting. The $17 fine was for a mis?
demeanor. Burrill paid his fine im?
mediately.
The Norfolk and Western Railway
will spend $2,000,000 for rolling stock
at once. Thc mossy was secured bj
a loan in Philadelphia a week ago. It
was semiofficially and authentically
stated that this money will go toward
buying a score of locomotives, 1,000
box and coal cars and a new stock ol
passenger coaches and combination
express, baggage and mail cars.
A real estate boom, which prom?
ises to rank with that of a decade
ago, is on in Roanoke, and for sev?
eral weeks past the transfers have
been growing each day. A lot at the
corner of Campbell avenue and Henry
street, which has been held at $15,000
since the collapse of the big boom
was sold for $39,000 to Watt, Rettew
& Clay, who propose to build a five
story department store. John Mar
tin, of Roanoke, paid $18,000 for a lol
<sn Campbell avenue, near Jefferson
street. There is not a vacant resi?
dence in Roanoke.
The jury in the case of Mrs. A. T
Spencer vs. the Norfolk and Westerr
Railway Company, in which $io,ooc
damages were asked for thc death o!
Mis. Spencer's husband, who was ar
engineer and who was killed in s
wreck several months ago, awardec
the full amount asked. A motion fo?
a new trial was made.
Two Mormon elders are at worV
iii Winchester.
The Pocahontas Company, of which
President Robert McM. Gillespie, o'
the Chesapeake Western Railway, i;
ihe head official, is rapidly pushing it?
coal mining operation at the prcsen;
lime on its properties beyond Nord
River Gap under the direct superin
Uiidence of Mr. Tiffany, an exper!
mining engineer of Philadelphia. It?
operations include work on thc Big
Coal run, Little Coal run and the
Dora coal mine.
The aged mother of Judge E. W
Saunders, who lives in Franklin conn
ty, 10 miles west of Rocky Mount, i<
ill. Governor Montague has arrange'
with Judge Frank P. Christian to pre
side at Pittsylvania Court in Judge
Saunders' Place.
Mrs. Anna M. Sloat, the last sur?
viving member of an old family, died
Monday at Winchester Memorial
Hospital. She was 60 years old.
George Henderson, of Marksville
district, Page county, has just beer
admitted to $1,500 bail charged with
abducting Miss Florence Jones, a 16
year-old girl of that section. The
girl disappeared from home about one
week ago and all efforts to locate hei
proved futile. She was finally locatec
where it is alleged Henderson had
concealed her. His arrest immediate
ly followed.
Judge Witt, in the Hustings cour!
at Richmond, decided that the city
treasurer must accept thc poll taxe?
of citizens who have become of age
since January 1. This corrects ar
oversight of the legislature in no)
passing a specific law on thc subject
A considerable pgrtion of the Sea
board Air Line roundhouse near Rich
mond was destroyed by fire and the
woodwork of four engines was burn
ed. A fifth engine, which had steam
up, escaped. The fire was started in the
roof by a spark from this engine. Ar
official statement places the dau.age
it.$350,0, covered bj ^insurance..
Cash Given Away to Users of
LION COFFEE
We are going to be more liberal than ever in 1904 to users of Lion Coffee. Not only will the
Lion-Heads, cut from the packages, be good, as heretofore, for the valuable premiums we
have always given our customers, but
In Addition to the Regular Free Premiums
the same Lion-Heads will entitle you to estimates in our $30,000.00 Grand Prige Contests, which will
make some of our patrons rich men and women, '"ou can send in as many estimates as desired. There will be
TWO CR?AT CONTESTS
The first contest will be on the July 4th attendance at the St. Louis World's Fair; the second relates to Total
Vote For President to be cast Nov. 8, 1904. $20,000.00 will be distributed in each of these contests, making
$40,000.00 on the two, and, to make it still more interesting, in addition to this amount, we will give a
-m\v<%ne\ H^iVaE-l Dpiva aI ^K AHA AA t0 the one who 1S "rarest correct ort both
Qi Clil!! I ll SI I I liC Ul VVlUUUsUU contests, and thus your estimates have two
?Waawngmainii iiti/im !!?????????.*??????????????? opportunities of winn ing a big cash prize.
Printed blanks to
Five Lion-Heads
cut from Lion
Coffee Packages and a
2 cent stamp entitle you
(in addition to the reg?
ular free premiums)
to one vote in
either contest:
vote on found in
every Lion Coffee Pack?
age. The 2 cent stamp
covers the expense of
our acknowledgment to
you that your es?
timate is recorded.
WORLD'S FAIR CONTEST
What will be thc total July 4th attendance at the St. Louis
World's Patt? At Chicago, July 4.1893. the attendance was 283,273.
For nearest correct estimates received in Woolson Spice Com?
pany's office. Toledo, Ohio, on or before June 30th. 1904, we will
five first prize for the nearest correct estimate, second prize to the
next nearest, etc.. etc., as follows:
1 First Prise .$2,500.00
1 Second Prise . 1,000.00
2 Prlzc*-$500.00 each .1,000.00
6 Prizes? 200.00
10 Prizes? 100.00
20 Prizes? 50.00
50 Prizes? 20.OO
250 Prizes? 10.00
1800 Prizes? 6.00
1,000.00
1,000.00
.1.000.00
1.000.00
.2,500.00
9,000.00
2130 PHIZES,
TOTAL. $20,000.00 1*2139 PRIZES,
PRESIDENTIAL VOTE CONTEST
What will be the total Popular Vcte cast for President (votes
for all candidates combined at thi- election November 8. 1904? Ia
1900 election. 13.959,05.1 peopl'- voted for President. For nearest cor?
rect estimates received in Woolson Spice Co.'s. office. Toledo, O.,
on or before Nov. 5,1904, wc will Rive first prue for the nearest cor?
rect estimate, second prize to thc nest noa est. etc . etc., as follows:
1 First Prize .$2,500.00
1 Second Prize . 1.000.00
2 Prizes - $500.00 each . 1.000.00
5 Prlzes
10 Prizes?
20 Prizes ?
60 Prizes?
250 Prizes -
1800 Prizes?
200 OO
100.00
50OO
20.OO
IO. 00
6.00
1.000.00
1,000.00
1.000.00
1.000.00
2,600.00
9.000.00
TOTAL. $20,000.00
4279?PRI
Distributed to ths Public?aggregating $45,000,00-in addition to which we shall give $5,000
to Grocers' Clerks (sss particulars in LION COFFEE cases j making a grand total of $50,000.00.
COMPLETE DETAILED PARTICULARS Iii EVERY PACKAGE OF
LION COFF
WOOLSON SPICE CO., (CONTEST DEPT.)
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TOLEDO, OHIO.
BALTIC FLEET READY
Ussian Ships Beiug Manned for Im?
mediate lise.
WEDDING PARTY UNDER HOT FIRE.
Thousands of Japanese Employed oh the
Coast of Island of Sakhalin Disguised as
Soldiers and Sailors Enormous Cost of
tbe War to Russia?Daily Expenses Average
$75,000?May Have to Float Internal Loan.
St. Petersburg (By Cable).?The
ships of the Baltic tleet here and at
Libst. will be in commission ami
ready to sail this week. The naval
reserves of the neighboring provinces
are arriving for distribution to the
ships.
All hope is given up of the recov?
ery of the body of Vice Admiral Ma?
karoff. It is believed to be beneath
the overturned ship. The official re?
ports place 80 as the number of per?
sons saved from the Petrnpavovsk.
The Admiralty denies the statement
made by the London Times in its
wireless report that the Japanese
mineship Koryo Maru was fired upon
while laying mines before Port Ar?
thur. It is said that if she came in
and laid mines the Russian search?
lights failed to pick her up.
Advices received here from Alcxan
riroff, Island of Sakhalin, say it is
believed that j,ooo tn 3,000 Japanese
employed on the eastern and southern
coasts are disguised soldiers and
sailors. Many of them have been ar
rested in the Korsakoff district witt |
arms in their possession. The fami?
lies of officials and residents of Kor
sakoft' and Alcxandroff, it is added
are secretly secreting their valuables
and fleeing into the interior.
United States Commercial Agent
Greener, at Vladivostock, ha.s beer
instructed through Ambassador Mc?
Cormick to inform the Japanese con?
sul at the Island of Sakhalin that a
vessel will be sent to the island tn
take back to Japan the consular staff
and the refugees. The arrangements
for sending the ship arc to be made
by Japan through the authorities at
Washington.
A private letter from Port Arthur
describes a wedding which occurred
during a bombardment. The wedding
guests were nearly stampeded,the car?
riage horses tried to bolt, and shells
were bursting as the procession drove |
to the church; but after the cere- I
ninny loo guests danced while shells
were flying and bursting over head.
The newly married couple, it is fur?
ther asserted, were quite happy.
Grand Duke Cyril, who was injured j
at the time of the Petropovalovsk dis?
aster, is protesting against returning
to Russia. He desires, as soon as he
has recovered, to go back to Port
Arthur, but his mnther, the Grand
Duchess Vladimir, is insisting on his
rr. tit rn,
Russia has made a new issue ot
^15,000.000 in paper currency against
free gold in the state bank. At the
Ministry of Finance it was explained
that it was an ordinary issue and in
no sense was forced. Under the law
paper is issuable to double the amount
")t gold up to $150,000,000 gold, in ex
;ess of which paper issued must be
covered rouble for rouble. In the
State Bank there are, in round figures,
^00,000,000 in gold, which would per?
mit of an issue of $550,000 in paper,
jut the paper issue at present only
unonnti to $350,000,000.
The daily expenses are averaging
5750,000, and it is estimated that a
rear's expenditures for the war will
total $250,000,000. To meet this there
'.xisted a free balance of $50,000,000,
.vhich was increased to $115,000,000
oy reductions of the ordinary bud?
gets, leaving ostensibly $135,000,000
to be found. But a portion of the lat
;er is made up by the increased earn?
ings of the railroads owned by the
government. It being in reality a
juestion of bookkeeping, how the bal?
ance is to be raised has not yet been
ictcrmined. The Ministry of Finance
believes it may be easy to float an
nternal loan late in the summer or
fall. _
KILLED LAYING A MiNE.
ilexieff Was Apparently Blocking; Japs Out of
Port Arthur.
St. Petersburg, (By Cable).?Vice?
roy Alexieff's announcement of the
destruction of a launch and the loss
of twenty-one men by the explosion
of a Russian torpedo at Port Arthur
has added to the gloom which has
prevailed since the disaster to the
Petropavlovsk.
"We are paying the price of care?
lessness," said a member of the ad?
miralty, "and previous disasters seem
to teach nothing."
The war commission suppressen
part of the viceroy's dispatch which
showed where the mines were being
laid. It is believed that as launches
were employed they were mining the
entrance to the harbor in order to
prevent the Japanese from forcing an
entrance and attempting to destroy
the remaining ships.
It is evident from the closing ol
the entrance that Viceroy Alexierl has
no intention of letting his ships go to
sea again, even against an inferior
force, though this may not be the
policy of Vice-Admiral Skrydloff,
who will determine on a plan of over
ations when he assumes command.
Alexieff's report, as given out, was:
"I respectfully report to Your Ma?
jesty that during the placing of mine;*
by some steam launches, Lieutenant
Fell and twenty men were killed
through a mine exploding premature?
ly under the stern of one of tho
launches "
The remains of'Harry H. Smith,
former journal clerk of the House of
Representatives, were interred at the
Oak Hill Cemetery.
LIVE WASHINGTON AFFAIRS.
United States Leads World.
Geological Survey statistics just
made public place the world's produc?
tion of petroleum in 1002 at 185.151,
o8q barrels. Of this the United State*
and Russia produced 91.44 per cent.
For years Russia has led in point
of production, but an increase of 19,
377, 722 barrels in the production of
the United States in 1902, and a de?
crease amounting to 4,628.515 barrel*
in the production of Russia, caused
these two countries to change places,
and puts the United States at the head
bf the list.
More than double the quantity nf
the higher grades of refined product*
is* obtained from the average crude
petroleum produced in the United
States than is obtained from Russian
oil. The United States produced near?
ly 26 barrels of refined products in
1902 for every barrel produced by the
rest of the world.
Carriers as solicitors.
While a complete agreement on the
postoffice appropriation bill has not
yet been reached by the conference
committee, the Senate conferees have
decided to accept the House provis?
ion relating to the pay and duties of
rural letter carriers. This fixes the
salaries of the carriers at $720 a year
and prohibits them from doing any
business outside of their work for
he government.
The Senate authorized the carriers
?o also act as agents for newspapers
md periodicals. The House con
crees have stood out firmly against
:his provision.
Why a Warship is There.
To prevent any possible misunder?
standing the British Government,
through its Ambassador here, has ex?
plained fully to the State Department
the object of the dispatch of the
British warship Retribution from Ja?
maica to the Mosquito coast of Ni
raragua, and this explanation is said
to be satisfactory.
The British Government is anxious
;o have the Nicaraguan Government
jrotect thc Mosquito Indians formerly
.mder a British protectorate, and also
lo inquire into the claims of the cap?
tains of certain small turtle-fishing
vessels, now detained at Bluefields
that they may have been wrongfully
arrested.
Medals for Volunteers of '63.
The House committee on military
affairs authorized a favorable report
on a bill appropriating $5,000 for med
j als of honor to the volunteers whe
responded to President Lincoln's call
in 1863 and who served without p.-.y
The medals will go to about 13.00c
persons in the states of New York
I Pennsylvania and Maryland.

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